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In Singapore, an arrest can be made without a warrant in a situation wherein the police reasonably suspect someone of committing a criminal offence.

Alternatively, the police may obtain a warrant to make an arrest for a normally non-arrestable offence. For example, where a police report has been filed for a case of “voluntarily causing hurt”, the police will conduct investigations first before making any arrest.

When Will I Be Charged In Court?

You can be charged in Court only after investigations have been carried out. Once the investigation officer has gathered sufficient evidence, the police will submit the results of the investigations to the Public Prosecutor who will make the final decision on whether to formally charge you and proceed with the prosecution. This investigation is necessary to ensure that you are properly charged for the correct offence, if at all.

These are some of the enforcement agencies in Singapore that are empowered to make arrests and conduct investigations:

  • Police Officers from the Singapore Police Force (‘SPF’),
  • Central Narcotics Bureau (‘CNB’) officers,
  • Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (‘CPIB’) officers,
  • Immigration and Checkpoint Authority (‘ICA’) officers,
  • Commercial Affairs Department (‘CAD’) officers and,
  • Any other officers who are given the power to investigate under the law.

Some Of The Powers That An Investigating Officer Has Include:

  • ordering a person to go to a police station or other place for questioning and to take a statement from him/her,
  • searching a place relevant and linked to the offence as part of investigations and,
  • seizing such items and properties which may be important evidence for the case.

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